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National Chip and Dip Day: O&M Activity

National Chip and Dip Day is next Tuesday! (March 23rd) I’m not gonna lie, it’s one of my favorite holidays. And it makes for some fun lessons with students. I...
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Apple Pay

Apple Pay (and Google Pay for Android users) is a mobile contact payment system and digital wallet service that enables users to pay for products and services...
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Learning Numeric Keypad Layout: Activities

What do calculators, extended keyboards, bank machines, adding machines, checkout at registers, door locks, and phone have in common? Numpads! (Also known as...
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Virtual Instruction: O&M

Educators are being asked to prepare lesson plans for virtual instruction due to the Coronavirus threat. Yesterday, entire states have been proactive and have...
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Turtles on the Town: An O&M Scavenger Hunt

In my O&M lessons, as my students can attest, I usually try to cram in as many different skills as I can in order to maximize our time together. This...
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Sequencing Coding Concept Activities

Teaching coding concepts to students who are visually impaired is now on our radar! Mainstream classrooms are embedding coding concepts and logical thinking...
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Audio Memos App and WH Questions

As Orientation and Mobility Specialists, our caseloads include academic students, students with severe and profound multiple disabilities and students who fall...
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Clew: Navigation App Review

Clew is an iOS app that records a user's path and then guides the user back to his starting point. Clew was created to help travelers who are visually impaired...
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How I Use My Phone for Orientation and Mobility

Over the weekend, an image went viral of a woman holding a blindness cane and using a phone at the same time. Many people assumed that the woman was faking her...
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Be My Eyes App Review

During my senior year of high school, I was researching assistive technology apps and found a Be My Eyes review. I was interested in the concept of having a...
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Bringing Freedom Indoors

Over the past two years, Esteban Wu has worked to implement BlindSquare Beacon Positioning System Technology in Rhode Island. BlindSquare is an application...
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Introduction to Blindfold Games: Video

In the video below, Marty Schultz, founder of Blindfold Games, shares his story about how Blindfold games came to be, discusses the science behind the games...
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BlindSquare Integration for Future Dog Guide User

My student is 20 years old, moved to her new apartment in downtown Winooski, VT one month ago, and is getting a dog guide at the end of the month. She rarely...
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Mobile App Review: Compass, by Apple Inc.

App version: Version 1.2.1 Size - 663.6 KB Category Compatibility - Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone. Developer: Apple Inc...
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Treasure Hunts and Geocaching: O&M lessons

Occasionally I have little ones who just aren’t motivated to get up and go. They may have decent cane skills but just don’t want to practice and refine their...
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O&M Lesson: Teaching Distance Estimates using BlindSquare

Sally is a 7th grade student who is totally blind and has classes that often use ‘feet’ and ‘square feet’ as a measurement. She encounters this in her math...
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O&M Lesson Using BlindSquare with VoiceOver

Instructor: Laurie Wright Objective: Student will explore BlindSquare main page using VoiceOver gestures, and ‘set’ 2 points of interest in “my places.”...
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Welcome to Wyatt's House: O&M lesson

The challenge put forth to me was to create a mobility lesson while using a high tech app. Imagine my student, a 2 year old child who is totally blind trailing...
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Transit App Tutorial: Part 3

Editor's Note: This video was created by Penny Stevenson and is posted on Paths to Technology with permission. Transit is a public transport app that works...
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Transit App Tutorial: Part 2

Editor's Note: This video was created by Penny Stevenson and is posted on Paths to Technology with permission. Transit is a public transport app that works...
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Transit App Tutorial: Part 1

Editor's Note: This video was created by Penny Stevenson and is posted on Paths to Technology with permission. Transit is a public transport app that works...
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Lazarillo: A Free Accessible GPS App for the Blind and Visually Impaired

I have a coworker whose favorite saying is “if it’s for free it’s for me”. Everyone likes a freebie, but when it’s a particularly useful freebie, it just feels...
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My Long Cane Book

I initially created a My Long Cane Book with a student who was being introduced to the long cane. The idea came after I had combed the internet for a children’...
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BlindSquare app and unique rural travel environments

I recently attended Diane Brauner and Ed Summer’s High Tech O&M training through Perkins E-learning and was excited to learn some wonderfully helpful tools...
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Airports, BlindSquare Enabled

About BlindSquare Enabled Airports MIPsoft, makers of BlindSquare, the most used waypoint  navigation solution for persons who are blind or partially sighted...
4 year old standing beside a drinking fountain in her school, opening an Easter egg; precane and easter basket are beside her.

Easter Egg Hunt: O&M Orientation Lesson

Here is a fun orientation game for younger O&M students! Preschool and/or kindergarten students should know the routes around his/her school.  This game...
fingers rotating 06 beside an iPhone; text, "Turn dial clockwise. One click to next channel."

06: A Tiny Device to Control iOS Devices

The 06 is a tiny, round Bluetooth device that can be used to navigate and interact with your iOS device instead of VoiceOver gestures. This small device is...
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Microsoft Soundscape app: a free O&M app

Microsoft Soundscape is a free iOS app that provides travelers who are visually impaired or blind information about places around them in the environement....
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Blindfold Student Pack 1: Navigation

I recently heard from Lore, a teacher of visually impaired students in a California school district.  She was disappointed that the Blindfold Games are only...
4 people walking across a bridge over a city street; one person traveling with a dog guide and one person with a cane.

Accessible Wayfinding Field Testing

Dear Accessible Wayfinding enthusiasts in the Baltimore or Chicago area, We would like to invite you to participate in a test measuring the usability of an...
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Google Maps: Bus and Train Stations

Smart phones are used for navigation purposes by everyone, including people who are visually impaired. Google Maps has some interesting bus and train transit...
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ShopTalks: iBeacons making neighborhoods accessible

iBeacons are being deployed in various businesses and in large areas such as malls, airports and bus stations. The ShopTalks project is a community-wide...
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Blindfold Barnyard: Cardinal Directions Game

Some of you may have played Blindfold Barnyard.  It’s an easy game, where you drag your finger around on the screen until you find an animal, such as a goat,...
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Google Maps Offline

As an O&M, it would be a dream for all of our community traveling students and clients to have a smartphone with an unlimited data plan.  In reality, many...
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Want more educational apps that are accessible? Blindfold Games

Blindfold Games are auditory-based games specifically created for students and adults who are visually impaired or blind. Many of these games are accessible,...
3 smiling O&Ms in rain gear learning to use the BlindSquare navigation app around the Perkins School for the Blind campus.

Sharing Secret Locations Lesson: BlindSquare Lesson Plan

This lesson was originally taught at the Perkins High-Tech O&M Workshop with Ed Summers and Diane Brauner.  The Lesson Plan post is written by Kristin...
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Fitbit Exercise Tracker - Accessibility and Usability Part 2

Why an Exercise Tracker? Is it just me or does anyone else have trouble getting motivated to go out and exercise?  Whew, glad I’m not the only one!  If you’re...
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FitBit Exercise Tracker - Accessibility and Usability Part 1

I had a FitBit a few years ago until the band broke and I lost it (I swear it’s in my house somewhere...bet I’ll find it in five years somewhere stupid).  ...
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BlindSquare Navigation App: Video

BlindSquare is a popular navigation app for users who are visually impaired and blind.  With a wide variety of features, some users feel overwhelmed the first...
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Aware App Review: Indoor Wayfinding app

The Aware App by Sensible Innovations provided a demonstration at the 2017 ADA Symposium in Colorado.  Using iBeacons to relay the information to the user's...

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